I’ve moved away from organized religion. I’ve done so because it’s organized. There are rules that tell you what you should think about certain things and how to behave. The spirit should be unbridled and full of passion. Your soul cannot be free while in psychological bondage.
I’m not a disbeliever, nor am I unsure if there is something out there. I just think organized religion is a crock of shit designed to ease people into a set behavior without ever learning to question why they do things or why they are supposed to think the things they think.
I don’t believe in hell, but I would like to believe in heaven. I won’t say I believe in either though. I just like the idea of something nice waiting for good people…then again I know a lot of so called ‘good people’ that I can’t stand and being stuck with them for eternity is no heaven…But over all I like the concept of rebirth the best. Who doesn’t like second chances?
I dislike the concept that a church/mosque/synagogue/whatever built by man is “holier” than anything that occurs in nature. That religion is supposed to make more sense than science. The earth is our home. Supposedly created by God, right? Why do so many treat her with disrespect, then? Shouldn’t earth be his/her/its original temple? Explain that to me.
Another issue I have with most organized religions is the subservient manner in which they place my sex. The limitations of my sex. What I have a right to do with my body. What I have a right to do with my mind. It’s true that in certain cultures that are more…shall we say progressive…modern beliefs over come religious ones but it’s still there in their book of holy. I’ve read the bible. Cover to cover. I cannot believe these things must apply to humanity regardless of time and culture.
Perhaps the biggest thing that turns my stomach is that many religions condemn those “to hell” who don’t talk and think like they do. That right there is enough for me. Whatever is out there, whoever is out there has given us minds to figure out things for ourselves. We shouldn’t disappoint it.
Oh, and one more thing…killing each other over who has the better “imaginary friend?” Disguising political gain as religious propaganda? Thinking is better than believing.
**I don’t look down on others who belong to these religions or think they are foolish. It works for them and that’s that. However, the deal breaker is when they try to force their beliefs/opinions on others.**
**This is a generalized statement. Hence the qualifiers “many” or “most.”**